How To Improve Your Gas Mileage

March 4th, 2019 by

 

While fuel prices may be dropping, drivers are still spending a huge portion of their budgets on filling up their tanks. On average, the price of gas has dropped 50 cents since the beginning of summer, but with a bit of forethought and common sense, drivers can still watch their fuel bills fall almost immediately. Making some of these habits commonplace can help you to keep fuel costs at bay when the prices inevitably skyrocket again.

  • Take it easy on the pedal
  • Adhere to your vehicle’s fuel type
  • Watch the weight you carry in your car
  • Reduce drag
  • Inflate your tires to the correct pressure at least once a month
  • Stick to the motor oil recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer
  • Keep your gas cap fully sealed
  • Avoid prolonged idling (prolonged idling can use up to an entire gallon of gas within an hour)
  • Refuel in the morning instead of at night
  • Replace your air filter frequently
  • Use your cruise control when possible
  • Be sensible when using your vehicle’s air conditioning unit
  • Avoid rapid braking and acceleration
  • Minimize the number of intersections you encounter
  • Replace your spark plugs when necessary
  • Drive at or below the speed limit
  • Pulse and glide: Accelerate quickly to your desired speed, coast until the vehicle slows, and repeat as needed.
  • Regular engine checkups
  • Corroded battery cables cause the alternator to work harder, using more gas. Come into one of our Competitive Automotive shops to have them cleaned as a matter of course with each engine check up
  • Keep your windows rolled up to reduce drag
  • Come in for regular oil changes
  • Maintain a safe following distance (being too close will cause you to brake more and accelerate more to keep that unnecessary and dangerously small gap)

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